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The Artist Rules for the PPW State Competition 

  1. All entries must be registered at www.printcompetition.com. 
  2. Entrants may submit prints, digital files or a combination for judging. 
  3. Entrants are required to upload a digital file for each image (print or file) entered. NOTE: For physical print entries, the digital file submitted MUST match both the image and presentation. If, for example, the submitted print has a mat and the digital file does not show the mat, the entry will be disqualified. 
  4. No changes to your entry are permitted once the entry deadline has passed. 
  5. Entrants do not need to be PPW members to compete and can enter the Artist Competition. Only PPW members can earn merits and trophies. 
  6. No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid. 


  1. Entries may be reproduced from existing photographs, portraits, graphics or any other artwork so long as the entrant is prepared to provide appropriate written documentation indicating permission for usage. This documentation may be requested by PPW before, during or after the competition. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the PPW Photographic Competition Committee, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law and cannot be proven otherwise, that entry shall be disqualified, and merits revoked, if issued. 
  2. All processing, manipulation, artwork or rendering must be done by the entrant. Printing may be done under their direct supervision. 
  3. The entrant's name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry. 
  4. A maximum of four (4) entries may be submitted per entrant. 
  5. No entry will be eligible if it has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment. All images submitted must be self-directed. Images created in an educational environment under direct supervision from an instructor are ineligible. 
  6. Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed as long as the images are entirely different concepts.
  7. Once an image has been awarded an exhibition merit (PPW score of 76 or higher) it may not be entered again in any other category or PPW competition, at any time, by any entrant, including any image from a merited album.  Any image that has been entered in a PPA Image Competition is allowed to be entered in the PPW Image Competition.
  8. Guide images must be included on the face of the entry.

Artist Competition Categories 

You must designate one of the below categories for each entry: 

  • Portrait: Consists of portraits of Animal, Child (age up to 16), Group (2 or more people), Woman, Man and Unclassified. Also including Wedding Portraits.

  • Illustrative: Consists of Landscapes, Architectural/Industrials, Photojournalism, Commercial/Illustrative and Unclassified. Portraits and weddings portraits are not appropriate for this category. 
  • Restoration: Consists of subject matter that requires Repair and Restoration due to surface print damage, color fade, color correction, focus, grain, the extension of an image, missing parts, stains, water damage, etc. 

Definitions of above categories, see Trophy Goals

Types of Submission 

There are two types of submission: Physical Print OR Digital Image. 

Print Entries 

For 2022 PPW will not be accepting physical prints due to the competition is virtual.


  • Files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4000 pixels. Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. In most cases, total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB. Larger files will be accepted when necessary so long as they are JPEG/10.
  • Files are to be named, Image Name.jpg with no underscores or special characters.
  • The base membership at www.printcompetition.com is all that is needed for entry to PPW competitions.

Viewing Conditions for Image Review

  • Prints: LED lighting, 3200K, EV8 (ISO 100, f/16@ 1 sec.)
  • Digital Files: Monitor Settings, D65, 120 cd/m2, 2.20 gamma

Deadlines and Fees

  • $90 Entry Fee (1 to 4 entries) registered between January 13, 2022 at 12:00am PST through March 13, 2022 by 11:59pm PST.
  • $149 Entry Fee (1 to 4 entries registered between March 14, 2022 at 12:00am PST through March 21, 2022 by 11:59pm PST.
  • $40 (4 entries)or $12/Critique. Critiques will be sent to the submitted email address within four weeks of completion of the competition.
  • Entries & Critique requests will not be accepted after March 21, 2022 at 11:59pm PST.
  • $12 for base membership to www.printcompetition.com.

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